Ericsson and Intel are working on a GPS based anti-theft technology by focusing on compatibility between Ericsson’s Mobile Broadband Modules and Intel’s Anti-Theft PC Protection Technology.
Essentially, if a machine is stolen or misplaced an SMS message will lock it down. Once recovered another message would unlock the machine again. Using the GPS, the machine can be associated with a pre-defined area, and if it leaves that area an alert can be sent, and then the lockdown sequence can be initiated.
Look for this technology to be available in 2009.